Tamara Watson Harper

Adjunct Professor of Voice

Address: Cato Center, Room 223
E-mail: harpertw@cofc.edu

Highly regarded as a performer and much sought-after as a stage director, lyric soprano Dr. Tamara Watson Harper has performed the title roles in Puccini’s MADAME BUTTERFLY, Massenet's CENDRILLON and Poulenc’s LES MAMELLES DE TIRÉSIAS, as well as Pamina in Mozart’s MAGIC FLUTE, Anna I in THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS by Kurt Weill, Gretel in HANSEL AND GRETEL and Elle in LA VOIX HUMAINE. Her concert appearances include solo engagements with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, Southern Georgia Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, and the Panama City Orchestra.

Dr. Harper’s recent professional directing credits include Peach State Opera’s MADAME BUTTERFLY, ELIXIR OF LOVE, and CARMEN AND FRIENDS, and, in her cinema debut, she staged the opera vignettes seen in Tyler Perry’s FOR COLORED GIRLS. She has also been assistant director in two, important summer-abroad music festivals in Italy: Oberlin in Italy (Urbania) and the Opera Festival of Lucca (under the auspices of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music).


At the university level, Dr. Harper’s directing credits include productions of THE MAGIC FLUTE, COSÌ FAN TUTTE, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, L’ELISIR D’AMORE, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, HMS PINAFORE, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, and THE DESERT SONG. She has also served as musical director/conductor for productions of CABARET and THE FANTASTICKS, and as choreographer for numerous others.


Dr. Harper holds degrees in vocal performance from The Ohio State University (BM), The Boston Conservatory (MM), and Florida State University (DM). Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Charleston, she served on the faculties of Georgia Southern University, Reinhardt University, Angelo State University, and Georgia Perimeter College.

Courses Taught

MUSP 215 - Applied Voice